The ‘Absence Of War’ Is Not Peace For Vladimir Putin

Putin’s withdrawal of forces and declaration that he would not undertake a large-scale invasion of Ukraine does not indicate the situation has ended or that Ukraine is no longer in danger. It simply indicates that Putin will prolong the fight and transition to a new stage with new kinds of conflict. Michael said he’ll be overjoyed if Vladimir Putin’s new steps signal a retreat from the abyss.

There are no actual declarations of war under Vladimir Putin’s vision of new twenty-first-century warfare, and consequently, no actual peace settlements, only partial ceasefires. Even if a “new Yalta” compromise is reached in some form, he has no intention of abandoning his new warfare as a means of deterring threats. There is no clear finale. Putin will continue to play as long as he believes the threat exists.

Moreover, denial-of-service assaults took down at least ten Ukrainian websites, including the Defense Ministry, Foreign Ministry, Culture Ministry, and State Banks. In such attacks, websites are bombarded with a deluge of garbage data packets, leaving them unavailable. Customers of Privatbank and Sberbank have complained about issues with online payments and the banks’ mobile applications.

According to an analyst, the Ukrainian army and Privatbank are among the targets of a cyberattack. According to Ukraine’s Information Ministry’s Zhora agency, depositors’ cash is safe. According to Zhora, the strike did not affect Ukraine’s military troops’ communications. It is too early to identify who was behind the attack, but the ministry believes it was Russian.

Therefore since 2014, when Russia invaded Crimea, Ukraine has been subjected to a constant diet of Russian cyber assault. According to cybersecurity experts, cyberattacks are likely to continue as Putin attempts to “degrade” and “delegitimize” faith in Ukrainian institutions. “Be terrified and anticipate the worst,” said a statement placed on dozens of vandalized Ukrainian government websites at the same time. In 2017, the NotPetya virus, which targeted organizations doing business in Ukraine, caused over $10 billion in damage globally.